Subj:     100-Pound Woman Downs Eleven-Pound Burger (S417)
          From: agrief on 1/19/2005
At: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20050115/D87K7NQG0.html
At: http://xo.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/images_of_the_c.html

 CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) - A 100-pound female college student
 is the first to meet the Denny's Beer Barrel Pub challenge:
 down the restaurant's six-pound hamburger - and five pounds
 of fixins' - within three hours.
 
Kate Stelnick, 19, of
Princeton, N.J., made the
five-hour drive with two
friends from The College
of New Jersey on Wednesday,
after they saw pictures of
the monster burger, dubbed
the Ye Old 96er, on the
Internet and on TV's Food
Network.

 "I just saw it on TV and I really thought I could do it,"
 Stelnick said, after downing the burger in two hours, 54
 minutes.  Stelnick didn't eat for two days to prepare for
 the challenge. "I felt very full, but I was too excited
 that I actually ate it to notice," Stelnick said.
 
Denny Leigey Jr., the owner of the
bar 35 miles northwest of State
College, had offered a two-pound
burger for years and conceived of
the six-pounder after his daughter
went to college and phoned him about
a bar that sold a four-pounder.

 But nobody had finished the big burger in the three-hour
 time limit since it was introduced on Super Bowl Sunday
 1998 - not even competitive eater Eric "Badlands" Booker.
 The 420-pound Booker - who has eaten such things as 49
 glazed doughnuts in eight minutes and two pounds of
 chocolate bars in six minutes - tried three times to eat
 the burger and finally did on his third effort. But it
 took Booker 7 1/2 hours.

 The burger takes 45 minutes to cook, and those who try to
 meet the three-hour limit must use no utensils and eat all
 of these fixins: one large onion, two whole tomatoes, one
 half head of lettuce, 1 1/4 pounds of cheese, top and bottom
 buns, and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish,
 banana peppers and some pickles.
 
Leigey said he was pretty
sure somebody would meet
his burger challenge,
though he didn't have a
petite woman in mind.

"I wouldn't have made it
if I didn't think it was
possible," Leigey said.

For her trouble, Stelnick
got a special certificate,
a T-shirt and other prizes
and - as advertised -
Leigey picked up the $23.95
tab for the burger. 

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